Daily Archives: 11/03/2010

get: nautica. get:comfy

i’ll keep this snappy. tomorrow i’m going to see panda bear. this is kind of a big deal. for some reason i never really got animal collective (cue “omg a blogger doesn’t like animal collective” response) until i heard mpp, and that was largely due to 2007’s person pitch. i went to an ac gig in november 2007 with a long-time ac-olyte, in fact the very guy who first brought them to my attention. i had been listening to person pitch at that stage for about six months, along with the boards of canada discography and just another diamond day it was the soundtrack to the writing of my dissertation. that night, for several reasons (something to do with a drive across wales in a bus with no windscreen) some of the group’s members were quite sick and couldn’t perform, so half of the gig was a panda bear show. some were frustrated by this, but i was mesmerised. having been at a teen-populated bloc party gig the night before, the quiet admiration and confusion in the crowd was palpable.

i can only hope that tomorrow night’s gig is as interesting. i think it will be.

ceol nua

i’m kind of in a rut musically right now – the problem with semi-regular djing is that it’s rare that i’ll listen to anything unless i have it in mind to play out. so it’s nice when i’m put on to something that i can just listen to without thinking “what will go with this?” all the way through. it’s also nice when i hear irish music that i actually like – alas this is rarer than you might think.

nouveaunoise are an irish duo who deal in skipping, shuffling beats over simply plucked guitar melodies and chopped up slices of audio heaven. it’s perfect music for the weather we have right now that’s just on the cusp of sunshine but still has a threat of dark clouds – at once hopeful and forebearing.

the double-a side, goni/cinnte, is available to download in a host of formats from bandcamp, and paraphrase accolade is due in may. as they say themselves, “keep ears peeled for our peals!”

Nouveaunoise – Goni/Cinnte